Project management training curricula at South African public universities
is the balanced demand of the profession sufficiently accommodated?
In March 2004, the British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) commissioned a study that focused on the "rethinking" of project management. The objective of the EPSRC study, commonly known as the EPSRC Network, was first to create a multidisciplinary network of academics, researchers, and practitioners interested in developing project management and the practice thereof in industry and, second, to define and identify a new interdisciplinary research agenda that would allow the field of project management to develop beyond the conceptual foundations that existed at the time--a conceptual base that attracted criticism for its lack of relevance to practice. The core philosophy behind the network was to link theory and practice through an organized process of interaction between academics and practitioners.